WGA elects Thursby its 32nd president, cites...

WGA elects Thursby its 32nd president, cites Kraus, 0) Bisegger as points winners

Midge Thursby of Woodholme Country Club was elected the 32nd president of the Women's Golf Association, as the organization held its fall meeting at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club Friday.


The new board shared the day with the winners of the season-long gross and net points competition. The respective winners were Andrea Kraus, 28 points, and Val Bisegger of Hobbit's Glen, 53 points.

Thursby will be joined on the new executive board by Lucy Preston, Baltimore CC, vice president; Phyllis Schiminger, Eagle's Nest, corresponding secretary; JoanKay Kent, CC Maryland, recording secretary; Glena Wirtanen, Hunt Valley, assistant secretary; and Sara Abeshouse, Suburban, treasurer.


In gross points, where 47 players earned at least one, Kraus, reigning WGA stroke-play champion, was followed by Stephanie Kell, CC Maryland, 15; Kathy Altemus, CC Maryland, 10; and Marie Driessen, Hobbit's Glen, 10.

Also, Cindy Peterka, Sparrows Point, nine; Leigh Farrell, CC Maryland, eight; Sharon Pusin, Suburban, eight; Terry Abrams, Chestnut Ridge, seven; Kanya Chintrisna, Rolling Road, six.

In the net division, where 123 gained at least one point, Bisegger earned the trophy by one point over Eleanor Appling of Eagle's Nest, 52.

They were trailed by Helen Dunn, Turf Valley, 45; Joan Marconi, Eagle's Nest, 42; Judy Mehrling, Hillendale, 42; Marie Driessen, Hobbit's Glen, 41; Millie Rachlin, Woodholme, 41.

Also, Pusin, 39; Thursby, 38; Kraus, 38; Kent, 36; Young Ja Kim, Hobbit's Glen, 36; Clara Linkoff, Bonnie View, 36.

The 253-member organization accepted 13 new members, each with an index no higher than 13.5.

Among the group is Sandy Persinger, of Sparrows Point, a former member and past WGA stroke-play champion. Her index is 5.0, and two other single-digit players are included, past Maryland State Women's Senior titlist Marty King of Chartwell CC (6.8), and Joni LeSage of Sparrows Point CC (7.2).

The others are Pearl Crump, Chartwell; Shirley Cobb, Katherine Hardiman, Georgie Hutton and Betsy Morgan, Elkridge; Nancy Strite, Eagle's Nest; Susan Bartnick and Erica Overholser, Hobbit's Glen; and Helen Griffin and Pamela Mooney, Turf Valley.


AP on golf

Arnold Palmer sounded like an average golfer during a recent interview with Golf Shop Operations. Among the things touched on:

Teaching pros: "There's not enough emphasis on fundamentals -- grip, stance, head position, that sort of thing. I cringe when I hear a golf pro tell an average player how the various parts of his body should behave at the start of the golf swing, or how he should move laterally. That's too much. It's beyond the student's capabilities."

Woods -- metal and otherwise: "I think there will always be a place for persimmon, although the marketplace seems to be dwindling. I've fiddled around with metal woods, but I haven't found anything I hit better than wood."

Advice to the pros: "I'd like to see schools, where, in addition to technique, we teach the history of golf, etiquette, proper dress and behavior -- all the courtesies and tradition that make this such a great game."

Qualifying time


There will be 124 players, 51 of whom participated on the 1992 tour, in the year's final LPGA qualifying tournament, scheduled for Oct. 20-23 at the Hilton Indigo Lakes Resort in Daytona Beach, Fla.

After the second round, the field will be cut to the low 70 and ties for the final 36 holes, and it is expected approximately 18 exempt status tour cards will be issued, based on the 72-hole scores.

The group includes 20 players from 11 foreign countries, one of whom is Alison Nicholas of England, a veteran of the women's professional European tour, an entrant in the 1988 U.S. Women's Open at Baltimore CC, and most recently, a member of the

victorious European Solheim Cup team.


A limited number of grounds-only season ticket packages are available for the 1993 U.S. Open, June 17-20 at Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, N.J. Each costs $200 (maximum of two per person) and consists of a ticket for each day of practice rounds, championship play and a playoff (if necessary), plus parking and tournament program. Requests, with checks payable to the USGA, should be mailed to: P.O. Box 1993, Far Hills, N.J., 07931. . . . Among those qualifying out of the Club Pro championship for next year's PGA Championship, Aug. 12-15 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio, were Chris Peddicord, Nighthawk Golf Range in Gambrills; Bruce Lehnhard, Lake of the Woods, Locust Grove, Va., and Bob Boyd, formerly of Woodmont CC in Rockville, and now at the Melrose Club on Dafuskie Island, S.C. . . . The week's schedule calls for a Middle Atlantic PGA Northern Chapter meeting at Wakefield Valley tomorrow, and pro-ams Thursday at the Ocean City Y&CC; and Friday at the Bay Club in Berlin.